KZN not the most affected by jobs-for-cash scandal – Sadtu

2016-03-30 19:24
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Durban – Information peddled in the media that KwaZulu-Natal was the province most affected by the jobs-for-cash scandal were false, said the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union’s (Sadtu) provincial secretary, Nomarashiya Caluza, on Wednesday.

Caluza, who was addressing the media in Durban, also hit out at the DA, saying the party viewed Sadtu as a "stumbling block in realising its dream of regime change".

“It has been peddled that KwaZulu-Natal is the worst province in the jobs-for-cash scandal but going through the leaked interim report, KZN is not like what is reported in the media.

“KwaZulu-Natal had less than eight cases that were investigated. Of the eight, there are only two cases where the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) recommended further investigation by the authorities," said Caluza.

In 2014 City Press reported that the union, along with circuit and district officials and school governing body members, were selling posts for between R10 000 and R50 000.

Sadtu criticises report

Sadtu at the weekend criticised the leaked MTT interim report saying it lacked credibility and did not accurately reflect what was happening on the ground. The union said it was concerned that a copy of the interim report had been leaked to the media before the affected parties had a chance to respond to the allegations.

According to a statement released by the union at the weekend, out of the 81 cases investigated by the MTT, only 38 were found to be worthy of further investigation. Of the 81 cases investigated, Sadtu was associated or mentioned in 22 cases.

Of these 22 cases, no further action was recommended in 12 cases and further action was recommended in respect of seven. In terms of the further three cases, the union noted that there were discrepancies in these numbers and had asked the department for clarity.

Bribes for posts

Meanwhile DA shadow minister of basic education, Gavin Davis, said the union was trying to intimidate Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Davis said in a statement: “The ‘Jobs for Cash’ report will show how Sadtu-aligned officials are taking bribes in return for allocating teaching posts.

“It will also show how six out of nine provincial education departments have been captured by Sadtu.”

Caluza said the DA should not get ahead of itself. “The DA is the same racist formation that throughout its life has survived on the oppression of the black person in South Africa," she said.

The union said it supported a national decision to take the department to court to defend itself.

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